Chicken for sale at your local Chiang Mai supermarket. Say no more.
Actually, I will say this: Bird flu has resurfaced in Thailand, with 46 people currently under surveillance. A Uthai Thani man died of the illness earlier this month, after burying diseased chickens with his bare hands. It seems an open, unrefrigerated bin of slippery raw chicken, oozing onto the floor, is not the smartest sales maneuver for a supermarket that calls itself “the best in fresh.” Come on, people! Think about it…. (Yes, unfortunately, this is the same supermarket that carried beautiful chili-stuffed olives a week ago.)
How does this differ from the wet markets across Thailand? For starters, meat is generally kept in one spot. I don’t even like to venture into the dim, greasy meat cubicle of our local market, but at least the meat juices don’t trickle into the noodle and cracker aisle as they did here. Besides, I somehow expect more of a modern supermarket. Many people shop here because they can find import items and produce wrapped in plastic, which is presumably safer, cleaner. I personally don’t like plastic on my eggplants, but neither do I like accidentally backing into a slimy bin of slaughtered birds.